By Fergal Gleeson
Crawling up in a ball is not a good option when bunkered down. Enjoying a nice drop or two is definitely a better way to go about it. Here are a few ideas.
Cool Chenin Blanc
Goon Tycoons Smoking Gun Chenin Blanc 2019 RRP $25
Smoking Gun is made from 100% barrel fermented single vineyard Chenin. It’s waxy and textural with a rich river of acid running through it. All the complexity of Chardonnay with the crispness of Riesling.
The Goon Tycoons make small batch wines, using experimental techniques and alternative varietals from Margaret River and Great Southern. Their range of whites, rose and reds is sophisticated and very well priced.
The Goons share a cellar door with Abbey Vale where there’s also an artisan cheesemaker and an olive oil producer. Currently offering FREE delivery.
Voyager Project Sparkling Chenin Blanc 2019 RRP $30
Uber trendy Chenin can make for very good sparkling wine. The proof’s here where Chenin’s crisp acid and a creamy persistent mousse make for an excellent method traditionelle wine.
Voyager are a big name in Margaret River and their project wines allow this famous winery to explore small parcels, specific clones and innovative techniques.
Cape Grace Cremant de Grace 2018 Sparkling Chenin RRP $35
100% Chenin Blanc made in the method traditionelle fashion. It’s high quality, dry, crisp and persistent. Stylisically it has less yeast/toast flavours than Champagne and is less sweet than Prosecco. It’s also far better than most Australian Prosecco I’ve tasted.
Cape Grace are a highly awarded family owned winery (3 trophies and 175 medals). Their range spans sparkling, white, rosé, red wines.
Part of the Small Family Wine Trail. Small and beautiful!
From Your Margaret River Region Magazine